Laura Beloff (Finland / DK) is an internationally acclaimed artist and researcher who functions in-between academic leadership & research with a core in the arts and in artistic methods. She has been actively producing art works and exhibiting worldwide in museums, galleries and art events since the 1990’s. The exhibitions in the recent years include Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Russia, Italy… Her research interests, which are located in the cross section of art – technology – science, include practice-based investigations into a combination of technology, biology, IT, biotechnology, and philosophical questions concerning technological manipulation of living matter. The research engages with the fields of: art & science, biotechnologies, biosemiotics, and information technology in connection to art, humans, non-humans, and society. Additionally to research papers, articles and book-chapters, the outcome of the research is in a form of process-based and participatory installations, programmed conceptual structures and networked wearable objects. The research typically involves collaboration with various experts in their specific fields, institutions, artists and universities. She has been a recipient of various grants, art residencies and awards throughout the years. In 2014 she received with collaboration partners the largest art grant within Nordic countries from the Nordic Cultural Fund. Beloff is a frequently invited lecturer in universities, various conferences and events, and she has engaged in numerous international activities including: participation in international research and art projects, in organizing committees of international conferences and art events, editing an international publication, evaluator and opponent of PhD dissertations, research visits (recently in Mexico UNAM 2015) and positions abroad, invited keynote speaker abroad, an evaluator for research funding for European Commission, and for Austrian and Norwegian art & science funding bodies, and an invited expert for EC initiative addressing the divide between the arts and the IT (STARTS). 2002-06 she was Professor for media arts at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway. 2007-11 she was awarded a five-year artist grant by the Finnish state. 2009-2010, 2011 she has been a visiting Professor at The University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2012 (-today) she is Associate Professor and Head of Section at IT University of Copenhagen -where she is part of the REAL-research group.